Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web


Firearms/Self-Defense:
  • "3 Profound Gun Truths You Can’t Handle"--The Firearms Blog. They are: (1) you can't outshoot your firearm; (2) optics matter more than the gun; and (3) carrying a gun won't always be comfortable, but it should be comforting. As with all rules, there are going to be provisos and exceptions.
  • "How to get shot"--Stuff from Hsoi. He notes the following from a Facebook post by Marc MacYoung:
There are three things that are most likely to get you shot. They rank in this order
    1) Behavior
      2) Career
        3) Lifestyle ‘choices’

            These can be understood as
              A -Piss off violent people — including being a violent person yourself
                B -Have a job that puts you in a ‘most likely to be robbed’ position or as a protector
                  C – Who you hang out with, where you go, what time and what you’re doing there.
                  • ".357 Magnum. Dead Caliber Walking?"--The Truth About Guns. The author asks whether the .357 Magnum is still a viable cartridge for hunting or protection against a bear. He concludes that, with the right ammunition, it is. The point is that lightly jacketed hollow-points are not good rounds for a bear, though, but you want denser bullets that will penetrate better. He recommends alternating chambers with a hunting round, followed by a self-defense hollow-point, a hunting round, etc.
                  • "Gun Review: Glock 19 Gen4"--The Firearms Blog. I like these reviews of common firearms that are already out there because it is a good resource for those people considering a new or different firearm, and because the reviewer can give his impressions after using the firearm for a considerable length of time versus the few days or weeks that reviewer might have with a newly released firearm. I also agree with the author that the grip angle on the Gen4 are better than prior generations, but that is my opinion, and you will find people adamantly arguing the opposite position. However, contrary to what the author found, my experience is that the trigger pull is heavier.

                  Other Stuff:
                  • The peasants are revolting:
                  • "Scared Syrian refugees stuck in east Germany mull leaving"--The Local (h/t Anonymous Conservative). In the understatement of the year, the article reports that "[t]he arrival of 890,000 refugees last year has deeply polarised Germany, and misgivings against the newcomers run particularly deep in eastern states like Saxony." The article also indicates that because they have been threatened or harassed, and because of demonstrations protesting the resettlement of refugees, some refugees in Saxony are now considering a return to the Middle-East (the place where it was purportedly too dangerous for them to live). 
                  The article attempts to paint those opposed to the refugees as xenophobic or as right-wing extremists, but, tellingly, it quotes the head of a refugee agency as observing: "Who is the 'concerned citizen', and who is the violent citizen? Who is the extremist citizen and who is the one who only has fears? It's no longer so clear[.]"
                  The assault sparked anger in the town and extra police were called to the island when an angry mob attacked the asylum centre with rocks.
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                  Large crowds gathered in protest and marched in the town. 
                    “USS Mason detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period while in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

                        “There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship.”

                            The Pentagon did not specify how close the missiles came to the USS Mason. However, a US defence official told Reuters the first missile forced the USS Mason to take defensive measures.
                            Data show credit and financial sector leverage in China has continued to rise much faster than economic growth. The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook said debt in China was rising at a "dangerous pace", while its Financial Stability Report showed small Chinese banks were heavily exposed to shadow credit as a share of capital buffers, with exposure reaching nearly 600pc at some banks.

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